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New species of moth named after Oklahoma tribe

TAHLEQUAH, Okla._A new species of moth has been named in honor of one Oklahoma tribe.  

 The Cherokee Nation says the brownish white moths recently discovered in the tribe's ancestral homelands have been named cherokeea attakullakulla.

The moth was named after the Cherokee people who originally inhabited Tennessee and North Carolina as well as to honor Cherokee leader Attakullakulla who traveled to London as an ambassador in 1730.  

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker says the tribe is honored to have the species named after the Cherokee people.  

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